Twenty-five candidates in upcoming LegCo elections have been named as the most LGBTQ-friendly candidates by LGBTQ groups.
The Labour Party, League of Social Democrats, People Power, Demosistō, Civic Passion, and the Proletariat Political Institute were named as “the most LGBTQ friendly political parties.”
Fourteen groups issued a survey of 8 questions asking about candidates’ stance on specific issues. Candidates were given a choice of three answers: agree, don’t agree, and no opinion.
25 candidates were listed as the most LGBTQ friendly candidates for supporting all eight issues raised by the survey.
The candidates were asked whether they agreed with: establishing regulations against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, same-sex marriage, laws granting same-sex couples the same protection and rights as heterosexual couples, public gender neutral toilets, a regulation for allowing married same-sex couples dispose of their spouses’ remains, relaxing rules for people who want to change their sex, banning conversion therapy, and a review of medical procedures for intersex children.
The 25 candidates are:
- Hong Kong Island: Christopher Lau Gar-hung, Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Alvin Cheng Kam-mun, and Nathan Law Kwun-chung
- Kowloon West: Avery Ng Man-yuen, Raymond Wong Yuk-man, Lau Siu Lai, and Yau Wai-ching
- Kowloon East: Suzanne Wu Sui-shan, Mandy Tam Heung-man, Wong Yeung-tat, Tam Tak-chi, and Lui Wing-kei
- New Territories West: Cheng Chung-tai, Raphael Wong Ho-ming, Lee Cheuk-yan, Kenny Wong Chun-kit, and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick
- New Territories East: Lam Cheuk-ting, Leung Kwok-hung, Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen
- Functional constituencies: Au Nok Hin, Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, and Chow Pok-yin.
At a press conference announcing the survey results, a spokesperson said the number of candidates supporting LGBTQ issues had increased. “We used to have this saying that LGBTQ issues were ‘box office poison.’ Whenever candidates touched them or expressed a stance… they would definitely be unable to enter the legislature.”
Four years ago there were very few candidates who were willing to speak up for LGBTQ issues, but now there are 25 candidates who support all of the issues they listed, the speaker said.
Only 40 per cent responded to the survey, said the groups, and big parties like the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood and the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions did not respond. They are disappointed that the majority of candidates are still not attaching importance to sexual minority issues, the groups said.
The full list of candidates running across districts and constituencies can be viewed here.